Ayurveda means “The knowledge of life” and describes the man as a whole. Each individual has their own special characteristics that shape her personality. Ayurveda is an approximate 5,000 years old Health science and sees the individual in a holistic context.
Ayurveda is the art of living your daily life in harmony with the laws of nature. Its purpose and objective is to maintain perfect health by following the appropriate lifestyle, diet, purification and rejuvenation processes.
Ayurveda includes five elements – Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. According to Ayurveda, it includes everything – man, vegetables, flowers, animals, and sensations of these elements – in different compositions. The elements take different forms, but they are always present. These elements take on human form as the three Doshas (dynamic forces) – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These Doshas also denotes physiological constitutions or body types. Every human being consists of Vata, Pitta and Kapha, but is almost always dominated by one or two of these.
In broad terms, Ayurveda creates a balance between the three doshas. Altogether there are 10 possible body types with different combinations of Vata, Pitta and Kapha.